The San Juan Food Closet's "Food to Learn" Program
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, the San Juan Unified Food Closet has created a “Food to Learn” program to provide additional food in response to this increased need for students and their families.
The current San Juan Unified Food Closet donation levels are not meeting the growing need and requests for help. While the school meal program continues to serve breakfast and lunch to students during distance learning, the San Juan Unified Food Closet strives to provide food for evening and weekend meals to our families in need.
We need your help!
Each month, the San Juan Unified Food Closet needs at least 600 bags of food to serve up to 300 families. Each bag of food helps a family of four survive for up to three days. “Students cannot effectively learn when their stomachs are empty,” said Diana Marshall, Director of Equity and Student Achievement. “Hunger can negatively impact a child’s academic performance."
On-Going Donations Still Needed!
Kindly consider donating to the Food to Learn program on a regular basis to support our goal of offering food to families throughout the year. We are depending on the ongoing generosity from you and the community. We will continue receiving donations at Whitney Elementary every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 am or donate online in the link below.
Whitney Avenue Elementary School (enter on Eastern Ave.)
4248 Whitney Ave, Sacramento, 95821
Non-perishable food items only!
Edith Gonzalez (916) 979-8877
Heather Smith (916) 979-8794
Instant oatmeal, boxed cereal, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, beans, lentils, rice, flour, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, canned meats and fish, cooking oil, fruit and vegetable juices, and snack foods.
Items should be new, unopened, and in original packaging. No large bulk or expired items please
We will also accept cash, checks payable to SJUSD, and grocery gift card donations.